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The Venturer Issue 147 DecemberPage 1
Events What’s Inside?
A Merry Christmas and Happy
New Year to all our readers
Sat 31st Dec New Year’s Eve Party and Disco, with DJ Paul Kelly
Sat 21st Jan January Winter Event. "To the Baltic with Tess"
2012 Golden Anniversary Dinner Dance
Sat 25th Feb Visit to Holyhead CG Ops Room. NB: max 12, first
come first served!
Sat 25th Feb Winter Event and Chandlery Discount Hour
Sat 31st March Working Party. 2nd Chandlery Discount Hour.
Start of Season Party
Commodore’s Au Revoir
My term as Commodore is nearing its end. It hardly seems like six Annual Awards — Ocean Mood win most pots!
years since I became Rear Commodore, let alone two years as Com-
modore. During these years I’ve been involved with a great bunch of
people on the committee and I’d like to take this opportunity to
thank them all for all the hard work they’ve put in and for the sup-
port given to me. It’s invidious to single out individuals for special
praise, so I won’t – we all know who they are .
Thanks too to all the “ordinary”, sorry “extraordinary”, members for
supporting this, dare I say it, best club in and around the Straits.
Whether sailing or socialising, it’s the members as a whole who in-
stil the club with its friendly and cooperative ethos of which many
other clubs are, I’m sure, envious. That’s a view you don’t often get☺
So, my parting thoughts are, let’s continue as we have over the past
50 glorious years for the next 50 and more. Good luck and success to
the new committee and flag officers as they take up their posts-they
can be assured of us “ordinary” members’ support.
Finally, Jen and I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas
and a Prosperous and Happy New Year with smooth-ish seas and
fair winds from a sensible quarter when the sailing season arrives
Paul Mountford More strange goings on at Scratch Social
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one of the coxswains on Moelfre Lifeboat, and Marine
2011 was a funny old year for us Genesis subordinates.
Engineer of Mor Engineering. We described the prob-
We were delayed launching due to an unmentionable lem and he asked us if we had perhaps lost our propel-
problem we had with certain pipes not making it out- ler. I said no chance – it had definitely been popping in
side. Then we spent time being distracted with our and out of gear, so the problem was with the gearbox.
heating system – forever working for 5 minutes but Obviously, you understand I am a bit of a gearbox guru.
then snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and con- After several weeks dismantling the gearbox and doing
demning us to some chilly nights at anchor. Finally we insanely technical things to the whirly gig bits inside the
got it fixed – just in time for it to become irrelevant as sail drive (I did say I was a guru but I haven't got time to
the better weather turned up. explain what all the bits are in this article), Nigel
emerged from the engine bay and gave it a go. Not a
Well, it turned up for a couple of weekends anyway. lot of strain was put on the dock lines. Not as much as
One of them we had a stonking sail across Red Wharf you would expect from a 40HP Yanmar anyway.
Bay. Carolyn looked up at our sail and mentioned that
the battens were poking out of the leech rather more He asked me again – was I sure there was a propeller?
than usual. I casually, in my mindlessly optimistic way He was actually offering to dive down and have a look,
(OK, just mindless), said that after the next tack we so I thought it better to close off that ludicrous possibil-
would have to do something about it. Next tack – ity. No propeller was found.
looked up. No battens. Surprising what a difference it
Somehow the aluminium outer of the propeller had
makes, the leech flopping around like a flag.
disengaged from its rubber giblets and the stainless in-
A few weeks later, we had some nice new battens in ternals, and had done so intermittently until it finally
our sail, marvelous. Then we noticed a problem with fell off. Fortunately, within sight of a pontoon and not
our gearbox – at low speeds, it would jump out of gear. Cribbin Rock.
Or that was my conclusion – going into astern, and back
We ordered a new propeller and Nigel went underwa-
into forward would re-establish drive. It was fine for
ter again to fix on – not an easy task as there was no
hours on end at higher revs. We ignored this problem
propeller to stop the shaft from turning. Oh, and it was
and thought it would be OK until the end of the season,
it already being July, with no major trips planned. under water as well.
Still – all was fixed in time for one final triumphant sail
Shortly after, coming into Victoria Dock, we noticed that
down the Strait to Beaumaris, ready for hauling out.
going into astern did not fix the problem – fortunately Finally on the last Friday night we waded out at low tide
within throwing distance of Mark, on one of the pon- after midnight (in the rain, natch) to await the early
toons. Little did we know that was to be the resting
morning tide. What a year!
place for Genesis for the next 8 weeks.
We are looking forward to 2012!
We were given the contact details of Nigel Musgrave, Glen Warburton
entertained by the Beaumaris Shoreline Skiffle Band
Since the last Venturer was issued, all of our boats (I
who, for a small fee (£100 for seven band members!),
think) are on dry land or in marinas for the winter and
supper and a pint or two, played for a good couple of
the club has managed to fit in three social events, all of
hours in the lounge. In true form, everyone entered
which I am pleased to say were very well attended.
into the spirit of things and it wasn’t long before we
October 8th - End of Season Party were all having a great sing along. Around midnight the
stragglers left for their beds, and Ian and I got our taxi
The Social Committee as usual excelled themselves by home. My thanks to all who participated, to the social
putting on a hot buffet of Beef Stew, Chicken Curry, La- committee who did us proud and in particular Georgina,
sagne, Vegetarian Quiche and a very fancy noodle dish who, over the last two years has run a very clean, tidy
(which for the life of me I can’t remember the name of and orderly galley.
– sorry Georgina). This followed by various Puddings
and Cheese & Biscuits and all for £6.50 head. We were
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Rear View (contd)
November 5th - Bonfire Night own finishing touches! Gold helium balloons at each
table tied to most imaginative centre pieces of treasure
I must admit I was a little worried the turn out would be
chests made of gold painted coins, shells, starfish (dead
on the low side as Beaumaris town had cancelled their
ones J), pebbles, and pretend jewellery all in a little box
fireworks and the RNLI cancelled their bonfire on the
resting in a bed of sand. We also managed to hang our
beach because of the state of the tide. With this in
50th anniversary flags in bunting fashion together with
mind it was decided not to have our usual bonfire but
the some of the tapestries. It really was a glorious
to light braziers on the patio.
sight. In total there were 85 people in attendance, with
Des Founds and Mike McCluskey fashioned one full ten official guests from – Traeth Coch SC, Royal Welsh
sized and two half sized braziers out of some old oil SC, Royal Anglesey SC, North Wales CC and the RNLI,
drums, then spent the rest of the afternoon chopping plus other guests invited by members. The hotel did
and sawing around 40 old pallets to feed them. As the not let us down, the food was of a high standard, and I
day drew to a close the club barbecues were lit along have not received any negative feedback other than
with the braziers and members started to arrive along that of extortionate bar prices (which I have to agree).
with the fireworks! I understand both Mike McCluskey
Following our dinner, we moved on to the trophy pres-
and Don Marshall had both recently benefitted from
entations, Helian, Ocean Mood and Olimilo hogging
winning the 50 club draw. Very generously they both
most if not all of the racing trophies, Sorana Bocur and
bought a vast assortment of fireworks for our pleasure.
Marie Stanley winning trophies for their achievements
(Talk about money going up in smoke!), these together
and services to the club. The ROCK TROPHY went to our
with other members contributions meant we were able
Commodore Paul Mountford (again! J). Time was draw-
to have our own magnificent display. The braziers were
ing on now so we quickly moved onto our raffle, every-
a great success, everybody stayed together on the patio
one in the hope of winning one of the fantastic prizes
and I swear there must have been almost enough heat
generously donated by our advertisers and one or two
coming off them to smelt iron! The unusually clement
other contributors. Finally, for the last couple of hours
weather and the usual Venturers support meant it was
we managed to get on the dance floor and dance the
once again a very busy packed evening. Huge thanks to
night away until last orders and our transport arrived to
pyromaniacs Des & Mike for all their hard work.
take us home. I think I can say that a great evening was
November 12th – Prize Giving Dinner had by all. My thanks go especially to Mike and Debbie
Cassidy for the table arrangements and for all of their
This was to be the final (or so I thought) social event of help dressing the room.
our Anniversary Year. The Tre-ysgawen Hall Hotel in
the midst of Anglesey was our venue, chosen for its My reign as Rear Commodore is now almost at an end
high reputation for good food, the magnificent hall it- and I can honestly say it has been a pleasure, I thank
self and the beautiful surroundings, not to mention the you all for your support over the last two years, and
spa facilities on offer at a discount. The function room now look forward to 2012 when I will be serving as your
was very fitting for our 50th Dinner Dance, huge gold Vice Commodore.
chandeliers, blue and gold banqueting chairs, even gold
napkins. Of course, we carried on the theme with our
The Rock Trophy ‘ode’ - poetry at its best
The Golden Plunger award
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AGM Members Forum
The Members’ Forum discussed only two issues – the • Current State
Clubhouse development and the admission owners of ⇒ Most windows now in need of replacement
motor boats. ⇒ Cladding in the vicinity of the Oar Store in poor
Clubhouse Development ⇒ Have been questions over the foundations in
Derek Lumb delivered a presentation on behalf of the the area of bar but Derek Asquith and Derek
Development sub-committee outlining its history since Jones have investigated and found them to be
its creation in 2001. He then moved on to the current OK.
situation with respect to the Clubhouse. Key develop- ⇒ Supports for floors of the Changing Rooms are in
ments in recent times have been: now in a very poor condition and fairly urgent
action is required.
• ABC had become our landlords, replacing Anglesey
County council in 2010. • Investigations have shown that any new build would
⇒ They are agreeable, in principle, to a 50 year need:
lease for the Club ⇒ Raised floor levels to account for sea level in-
⇒ They are agreeable to rent increases based on creases. This would be ½m in 50 years, 1m over
RPI but want a market value assessments every 100 years.
9 years. ⇒ Would need to meet current building regs in-
cluding energy efficiency requirements.
• Surveyed 2001
⇒ In response to a question, Colin Pattinson esti-
⇒ Roof in poor state
mated that the life span of any new build should
⇒ Supports for floors in Changing rooms badly cor- be about 50 years.
⇒ Otherwise largely OK • Options had been worked up for a refurbishment,
refurbishment and partial rebuild and complete re-
• Roof replaced 2002 build with budget costs ranging from £90k to
• Main galley area refurbished 2002
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AGM Members Forum
A Q&A session followed which covered more ground Additionally, the committee should be asked to come
than is possible to write up in the newsletter. forward with some recommendations for the next
A more complete write up of the meeting, together
with all the current build options for the development These suggestions were accepted by an overwhelming
are available for comment in the Members’ Only sec- majority of the members present.
tion of the website.
The general consensus at the end of the meeting was
that the preferred option, taking into account our Please read and check the Membership details held for
needs, future expansion – and what we can realistically you on the Club’s database and help us keep the infor-
afford, is that shown in the drawing. mation complete and up-to-date. Any corrections can
either be made using the website facility, or simply by
Motor boats returning the corrections to the Membership Secretary
Ralph Morris explained that a few (emphasis on ‘few’) on the enclosed form.
applications had been received from motorboat owners
who the committee were minded to accept as Associate IMPORTANT — PLEASE NOTE:
members. Gordon Rutter thought displacement motor-
boats were already acceptable. Ralph Morris said his If you want to renew your membership at the REDUCED
understanding was that this applied only to existing rate, you must do this BY 31st December. The easiest
Club members who were unable to continue sailing. The way to do this is via the website (go to http://
discussion covered the usual arguments about: www.nwvyc.org.uk/login.html to login and follow the
• Clause 2 of the Constitution says “sailing boats”
At the Annual General Meeting, it was confirmed that
• We were behind the times by not accepting motor- the membership rates for 2012 would be as follows:
• There’s a big difference between displacement mo- ⇒ Entrance fee £65.00
torboats, speedboats and PWCs ⇒ Subscription (after 31/12/11) £102.00
• Using Associate membership as a means of inserting ⇒ Discounted rate (to 31/12/11) £93.00
motorboaters is ‘cheating’. We should either accept Single:
them or not, if necessary by changing Clause 2. ⇒ Entrance fee £50.00
• Most members use their sail boats as motorboats for ⇒ Subscription (after 31/12/11) £72.50
most of the time! ⇒ Discounted rate (to 31/12/11) £67.50
• Motorboat owners are as human as sailing boat Single (U25):
⇒ Entrance fee £40.00
⇒ Subscription (after 31/12/11) £29.00
• Etc! ⇒ Discounted rate (to 31/12/11) £25.00
There was little of the vocal opposition to motor boats Outport:
which has been in evidence at previous meetings and ⇒ Entrance fee £50.00
the general feeling was that the Club should accept a ⇒ Subscription (after 31/12/11) £56.00
limited number during 2012 and “see how it goes”. ⇒ Discounted rate (to 31/12/11) £52.00
There was a strong feeling against speed boats (and by
⇒ Entrance fee (none)
implication, PWCs). Derek Lumb, whilst saying that he
⇒ Subscription £15.00
believed that the forum could only ‘advise’ (and not
‘direct’) the committee, suggested that the committee
should be ‘advised’ to accept up to five (5) cruising mo-
torboats as Associate members over a 12 month period The Dinghy Store charge will increase to £35.00.
starting with existing applications.
Outboard engine storage will increase to £12.00
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Moorings - by Peter Brimicombe and Arthur Birtwistle
the particular yacht. The next section gives broad guide-
Introduction by David and Georgie Clough.
lines, which are not excessive for our particular area
Whilst browsing the club archive copies of The Venturer bearing in mind it’s exposures to the East and South
in the club house one wet and windy winter’s night we East, also the strong tide in the deeper parts. We have
found the following article. It was in The Venturer of chosen the tonnages that suit the general run of the
1969, The Venturer at that time being the Club Year yachts in the club, and please remember that the ton-
Book, priced at 5 shillings. Given the number of mooring nage refer to displacement or all up weight, not Thames
incidents we have had in the Strait over the past few measurements. So that for example, many 4 Tonners
years, we thought it would be a good idea to reproduce T.M. are 2 tons displacement and in the bilge keel
it in its original format, and so we make no apologies for classes many 5 tonners T.M. are under 2 tons displace-
the fact all of the sizes are in ‘old money’. Some of the ment.
issues highlighted will however be immediately recog- DRYING MOORINGS
nised by at least 3 current club members! ONE TON DISPLACEMENT
Anchors 2 x 30 lbs, buried or two sinkers 2 ½ feet di-
Thanks to both Peter and Arthur (both still club mem- ameter well buried.
bers, with Peter being a regular visitor to the club during Legs 2 x 18 feet, ½ inch chain
his pre Sunday Dinner stroll) for giving the go ahead to Swivel ¼ inch galvanised
reproduce the article, which Georgie has painstakingly
re-typed from the original. Peter at the time was the Bridle 45 feet 5/16th inch galvanised chain, long links
fitted each end
Mooring Contractor on the Point, and has made the Buoy Rope 30 feet 1 1/2 inch sisal, nylon or terylene( you
point that the swinging circles today are not as generous can’t hold thinner rope)
as they were at the time of the original article. FOUR TONS DISPLACEMENT
Given the world we now live in, neither the Club, Arthur Anchors 2 x 1 CWT buried deep
nor Peter accept any liability should anyone decide to Legs 2 x 30 feet, 5/8 Inch Chain inch chain
use any or all of the information in this article. You
Bridle 7/8 inch galvanised chain, long linked fitted
should take appropriate professional advice. each end
Buoy Rope 30 feet 2 inch sisal or 1 ½ inch, nylon or tery-
MOORINGS The mud in the bay is soft and a drying mooring is to be
BY PETER BRIMECOMBE AND ARTHUR BIRTWISTLE strongly recommended for bilge keel boats for many
reasons, the main ones being:-
In the Straits, by far the most frequently cause of dam-
age to yachts and of total loss is a faulty mooring. The ⇒ The mooring can regularly inspected in all it’s parts
September toll is quite a regular feature when we are hit with the trouble and expense of lifting it
by gales up to force 9 and even 10. South easterly and ⇒ Bridles last longer since they lie on the bottom for
Easterly gales are the worst and tend to occur either much of their life and are not subjected to wear dur-
early or late in the season. In our own club, we have had ing that time.
a few losses and many near misses, due to moorings
parting whilst one near miss was caused by a Samson ⇒ The drying mooring are generally out of the tide and
post-breaking leaving the top pit attached to the bridle yachts ride head to wind more frequently than those
whilst the yacht departed in the direction of the Great in the tide; also if children are aboard it is safer out
Orme. of the tide should one fall overboard.
⇒ If it is intended to sleep aboard, mud stays still the
We should reckon the price of the yacht as including the water doesn’t.
prices of a suitable mooring and most important, we
should reckon on the cost of keeping it suitable. After ⇒ One can always walk ashore at low water if the sea is
spending one two or three thousands of pounds on a running too high for dinghy work.
yacht, it is not common sense to skimp the odd thirty The only disadvantage; that of being aground for part of
quid on the mooring. the tide is not so serious as it might seem since the best
time for leaving the moorings for must cruises is when
If we agree with that, then we are faced with the prob- the mud is covered.
lem of knowing what constitutes adequate provision for
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Moorings - (contd)
DEEP WATER MOORINGS shacked to the top end of the upper bridle and carries a
TWO TONS DISPLACEMENT separate small pick up buoy on a buoy rope slightly
shorter than the chain.
Anchors 2 x 1 cwt
COMMENTS ON ALL MOORINGS
Legs 2 x 72 feet ½ inch chain
⇒ The weakest points are the shackles; these have an
Lower Bri- 30 feet ½ inch chain or 1 fathom more than the
dle depth of water at low water ordinary springs extraordinary knack of coming undone. They should
Swivel ¾ inch galvanised. be wired securely with strong galvanised or stainless
wire. Better still any which done have to be undone
Upper Bri- 18 feet of ½ inch chain
dle each year should be welded links.
Main Buoy 70 inch circumference spherical minimum ⇒ The pick up buoy should be plainly marked with the
shacked to top of brindle on 2 foot length of 3/8
inch chain name of the yacht and maximum displacement for
Pick up 3/8 inches galvanised, 18 feet is the usual length, which the mooring is suitable. It is not unknown for
Chain but it should be enough to enable a proper Silhouette owners to find 15 ton powerboats
boson’s hitch to be made round the Samson post. “borrowing“ the mooring. An idea common in some
It is shackled to the top of the upper bridle and
below the main buoy chain. This prevents chaf-
waters is to fix a label to the mooring when you leave
ing on the buoy. it saying when you are back, this can avoid the frus-
Pick Up 8 inches on a length of 1 1/2-inch sisal. If this is tration of finding someone else on your mooring.
Buoy longer than the pick up chain the buoy will con-
veniently ride away from the main buoy, but the ⇒ Courlene and Nelson should not be used for buoy
pick up chain will twist it’s self around the bridle. ropes unless weighted because they float, best is Ny-
If shorter, twisting will not occur, but the buoy lon or Terylene. Hemp is okay if renewed each year.
may ride closer in.
FOURS TONS DISPLACEMENT
All accessible parts should be inspected as often as pos-
Anchors 2 x 1 cwt (larger does no harm) sible and not less frequently than once a month. The
Legs 2 x 72 feet 5/8 inch chain key points to look for are from the surface downwards: -
Lower Bri- 30 feet5/8 inch chain or 1 fathom more than the ⇒ Buoy rope or pick up chain- wear or abrasion
dle depth of water at low water ordinary springs
Swivel 7/8 inch galvanised. ⇒ Shackles on pick up chain, buoy rope and main buoy
on deep water moorings.
Upper Bri- 18 feet of ½ inch chain
dle ⇒ Swivels and the shackles on them.
Main Buoy 100 inch circumference shackled as above.
Parts should be replaced before they are badly worn and
Pick up 3/8 inches galvanised length as above.
deep-water moorings should be lifted for inspection
Pick Up 12 inches on 2-inch sisal or 1 ½ inch Nylon or every three or four years if they were initially laid to the
Buoy Terylene. Length as described above. standard quoted above.
Owners of single keel boats have no choice than a deep A final word about buoy ropes, particularly on drying
water mooring. These have disadvantages mainly con- mooring; there is quite a lot of it and often it will be used
nected with maintenance, bur also they are further out to stop the yacht. So make it strong enough to do that
and a large more seaworthy dinghy is need to get ashore and not just enough to stop the yacht drifting away. This
in heavy weather. leads to the final section, namely the yacht itself.
Assuming the legs are heavy and laid properly, the main Samson posts have been known to break and deck cleats
problem is wear on the bridle. The best way to deal with to pull out so always have a second point of attachment.
this is to have a lower and upper bridle with a swivel be- A good strong buoy rope made fast to the mast step is
tween them. The lower bridle is very heavy and is long one way, another is to use your jib sheets if they are
enough to reach the surface at low water springs. The really strong synthetic fibres. This is done by making the
swivel is shackled to the top end of this bridle and can end of the bridle, or the pick up chain, fast to the two
then inspected at low water springs. . The upper bridle is sheets forward and then tightening up the sheets round
shackled to the swivel and to the main buoy chain, which their winches and cleats on both sides.
is large enough to support fully the total weight of both
bridles. A pick up chain long enough to take aboard is
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Scratch Social (3rd December)
Thanks to all that attended and made the evening a lot
Following the AGM and Members Forum it was agreed
of fun, and to Christine and her helpers for running the
by an intrepid few that we would have a scratch social
bar. Maybe that was the last time that Christine would
in the Club House on 3rd December – Christine agreed
open the bar………
to open the bar despite having been heard to say some-
thing after the Bonfire night social along the lines of
“that will be the last time I’m doing this”. Notices were
put up in the Club House and on the event notice board
on the web site, and catering was left to each attendee
– at that time of year weather can play havoc with
members attendances and so organised catering is a bit
The weather was good, and so was the attendance –
very nearly 30 member’s being there at the start, in-
cluding our Past President Gordon Rutter and his wife
Marjorie. In true Christmas spirit Paul C-K (Campbell
Kelly, not Calvin Klein), Ann and Dave Clough sported
Christmas Hats, and Gordon had a pullover on that
looked rather like Colin Firths’ in Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Dave Clough was OOD, and all had been asked to bring Dinghy Store
a party game along with them. After everyone had
eaten (a combination of take-aways, cooked meals, The administration and allocation of positions in the
warmed up ready meals and pies (special pies because Dinghy Store has now transferred to the Membership
they were black after Ian had warmed them up for an Secretary.
hour and half) everyone gathered in the extension for
A reminder that Dinghy Store fees are due by 14th Feb-
the fun and games.
ruary. Fees for 2012 are £35 for dinghy plus outboard,
It is amazing what you can do to keep a gang of nearly and £12 for outboard only. If anyone has not paid by
30 adults amused with a pack of balloons, some large 14th February their position will be offered to the next
baking potatoes, a cardboard box, some spoons and person on the waiting list. The current waiting list is as
some red & white hazard tape! You can try and work it follows:
out for yourself from the photos. Those who lasted the Rob and Liz Parry 21 April 2009
pace finished off the evening with a game of backside Nigel and Ann Hackney 02 June 2009
volleyball - girls versus the boys. Not sure who won in Bob and Carol Scott 07 July 2009
the end, or even what the rules were, but laughter and Paul Kelly & Soran Bocur 22 August 2009
plenty of bodies rolling around on the floor was the re-
Jerry Jago and Denise Lewis 30 November 2009
Ray Carroll 10 April 2010
Paul Campbell-Kelly 02 January 2011
Chris and Pauline Hughes 09 April 2011
Terry and Phil Greetham 25 April 2011
David and Janet Rose 22 May 2011
Mick and Debbie Cassidy 05 November 2011
Payments should be made to the Membership Secretary
together with your subscription renewals.
If you think you should be on the list and are not, or if
you wish to go on the list please contact the Member-
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Dinner Dance Raffle Prizes had been lying about in the clubhouse for a number of
Yet again the local community came up with some excel- months. If you know who it belongs to please let me
lent prizes at the Dinner Dance. Whether you wanted know – it has found its way to The Boatshed, and if not
your hair done, lunch, your mooring maintained or your claimed will be disposed of. There were also 6 bags with-
bottom power washed there was something for all. out a collection form attached – fortunately The Boat-
Many thanks to all those who generously donated shed have recognised the sails, and have married up sails
prizes. The full list is (in no particular order): to owners.
Holyhead Marina - 2 nights berthing at Holyhead Marina Local Chandleries
– Susan Cooper. I know I’m always going on about local chandleries, but
Yachting Monthly - 12 months subscription to Yachting they do provide a local service, and are open at 3.00pm
Monthly – Paul Gelder (Editor) – IPC Media. on a Sunday afternoon when you need something ur-
Caernarfon Harbour Trust - 2 nights in Victoria Dock – gently. Dulas have a decent range, Dickies are now up
Richard Jones. and running again, albeit with a much reduced range
ABC Powermarine - 2.5lt Cruiser Performer Anti Foul – until a new building comes along, and ABC have been
Rupert Jones. making improvements to their range over the past year.
Beaumaris Marine Services - £20 off a mooring repair – Unless you ask them, they won’t know what we yotties
Dave Jones. buy – e.g. ABC now stock NASA wind cups on the back of
Ceri A Morus - £30 salon voucher valid across a member earlier this year wanting a set. Did you know
4 Aveda salons in N Wales. ABC now sell cable crimps singly, cable terminals, and
The Boatshed - £50 voucher from the Boatshed Y Felin- individual drill bits for when you snap your 3mm drill
heli for goods or services – Lesley and Stephen. which you were using because you had already snapped
Starida Sea Services - Free Power Wash on lift out –– the 4mm one? Don’t just look on the shelves – ask!
Stan Zalot. They are all in a box behind the counter.
Tre–Ysgawen Country House Hotel and Spa - Sunday
lunch for two in the Restaurant. Thinking of buying off the Internet? Checked with
Practical Boat Owner - 12 months subscription to Practi- Dickies / ABC what price they can do for you? They may
cal Boat Owner – Sarah Norbury (Editor) – IPC Media. not be able to match the Internet price, but they will get
Dickies of Bangor - Hand Held Wind Anemometer - Bev as close as they can, and then if it goes wrong under
Jones. warranty you don’t have to send it back to Inverness or
IMRAY - 2012 Cruising Association Almanac and an Irish Southampton. Please bear in mind that some on line
Sea Pilot - Ian Rippington. sources sell product such as Anti Foul at a loss in order
The White Lion Hotel & Restaurant - £50 voucher for to gain business for other items, but won’t sell you a bolt
Dinner for Two - Karen and David. at 3.00pm on a Sunday, nor do they support the club
through Discount Hours, Raffle Prizes and Flare deals
Please mention NWVYC when using any of these compa- (there I go again, but I feel better!).
nies – their support of NWVYC helped us to raise over
£300 from the raffle. PS – don’t forget to make sure they know you are
NWVYC – either mention it, or buy and wear a NWVYC
Life raft Servicing and Sail Laundering Rugby Shirt or Hat when you go in!
All sails and life rafts have now been collected from the
clubhouse – my thanks to Ian Hynes and Derek Lumb Flares
who gave up their time to supervise the collection. They The Club had prices in from ABC and Dickies, and for the
will be returned to the Clubhouse immediately after the 3rd year running, ABC have been selected as our chosen
March Winter Event, and should be collected by the supplier. Because of the ordering / production sched-
owners. Could I please ask that members make arrange- ules of the manufacturer, ABC had to place an order in
ments to settle promptly upon receipt of invoices from November to get the very special prices on offer to
The Boatshed / Nor West, as the club cannot claim its NWVYC members. They therefore have limited availabil-
commission until all members’ outstanding invoices have ity at the special prices, but once stocks are exhausted
been settled. they will still be able to supply at a discounted price that
will still save you money against current Mail Order pric-
There was an orange bag containing 3 small sails which ing. The special price stock will be available on a ‘first
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come first served’ basis, and ABC require a £10 deposit each (standard price is £16 in advance, £20 on the
with order. The balance will be payable upon collection gate). And remember, there is no booking fee to pay
– you must collect the Flares prior to 17th March 2012. when ordering tickets through NWVYC, and the tickets
are valid on the preview day, 6th January (normally £21
Because of the very special pricing we have details/ in advance, £25 on the gate).
order forms are only available on the notice board in
the clubhouse, upon request to email@example.com It you intend going, it is important you purchase tickets
or by calling Dave Clough on 01785 613161. Order early through the club to ensure we continue to get these
to avoid disappointment. tickets - they are only available to a limited number of
clubs, and we are very fortunate to be one of them. To
Chain obtain tickets e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact
A reminder that final orders need to be made before the Bosun by telephone .
the end of January.
ABC Discount Hours
Island Yacht and Chain Services of Shrewsbury is our Yes, plural – hours, not hour. Following the success of
chosen partner, and they will deliver to Gallows Point last year’s Discount Hour, ABC have agreed to run two
free of charge so long as we get sufficient orders for us this year, which will coincide with the February
placed. Test certificates are also available for all the and March Winter Events. Keep your eyes peeled on
mild steel chain supplied which mainly comes from the Club Notice Board and on the Events Notice board
France – no cheap Chinese rubbish. Stainless chain is on the new Web Site for full details. Extra special offers
also available, as are mild steel shackles and swivels. on Anti Foul will be at the February event, and Ropes at
the March event in addition to the special discounts on
How does it work? There is an un-priced price list in the offer.
clubhouse. E-mail your requirements to me at bo-
email@example.com , and I will forward to Island Chain Code Flags
so they know you are a NWVYC member, and they will Did you buy a set of code flags earlier in the year and
give a direct quote for your needs. Once we have suffi- don’t foresee another immediate need for them? I may
cient to get free delivery to Gallows Point I will let you have a possible buyer – please contact me for the
know. You then order directly from Island Chain, and buyer’s details.
arrange payment. The club will invoice you for 5% of
your order value (inc VAT) as club commission (Island Boat Jumbles
Chain’s prices for NWVYC members are some 30% less I’ve now received the 2012 Boat Jumble Calendar from
than buying directly from them as an individual). the National Boat Jumble Association. The following
are the ‘local’ Jumbles in the earlier part of the year.
The chain offer hasn’t worked well (from my adminis-
trative point of view) for the past couple of years, Sunday 5 February 2012. West Midlands Boat Jumble.
mainly as a result of orders coming in over an extended Open 10AM. The Three Counties Show Ground, MAL-
period of time, so please get your orders in early! VERN, Hereford & Worcester, WR13 6SP
Sunday 29 April 2012. Beaulieu Boat Jumble. Open
Bosuns Store on the Web Site 10:00. The National Motor Museum, BEAULIEU, Hamp-
By the time you receive this Venturer the updated Bo- shire, SO42 7ZN.
sun’s Store pages should be up and running on the new Monday 7 May 2012. Preston Boat Jumble. Open 10:00.
Web Site, but as at early December they are still the old Near GARSTANG, Lancashire, PR3 0TB
pages(and prices!) and so are not valid. Admission – all £3 bar Beaulieu which is £8.
London Excel Boat Show Ticket offer – you can’t buy I don’t have a date yet for the Middlewich Jumble.
6th / 15th January 2012 New CCC Sailing Directions series
Your Bosun has access to discounted Clyde Cruising Club Publications and IMRAY are pleased
tickets for the London Excel Boat Show. to announce the merger of the Clyde Cruising Club Sail-
I am offering a ‘can’t buy cheaper’ ing Directions with Martin Lawrence’s Yachtsman’s Pilot
guarantee with a ticket price of £10 series. The first of these new merged editions, Firth of
Stop Press - Special Offer
Due to Bosun Boo Boo, I have a brand new edition of Admiralty Leisure Folio SC5601 East Devon and Dorset
Coast, Exmouth to Christchurch. RRP is £44.30, price to clear from the Bosuns Store is £29.00.
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Bosun’s Corner (contd)
Clyde, will be launched under the Imray imprint at the 50 Club December 2011
London Boat Show on 6th January 2012.
Whilst the format and many of the familiar characteris- 1st – N.W.V.Y.C. - £50
tics of the CCC Directions have been retained, the con- 2nd – Ed and Margaret Hopkinson - £20
tent has been fully revised by the CCC editorial team. 3rd – David and Pam White - £15
This major new edition combines text, plans and photo-
graphs from both the CCC Sailing Directions for the November
Firth of Clyde and Martin Lawrence’s popular Yachts- 1st – Ian Warren. - £50
man’s Pilot - Clyde to Colonsay. 2nd – Jean Lumb - £20
3rd – Joe Presford and Gill Kent - £15
As before, Firth of Clyde extends beyond its titled area
to the North Channel and the coast of Northern Ireland There are 2 more draws left in the current club, Decem-
(Rathlin Island to Belfast Lough), and on the Scottish ber and January.
side southwards from Stranraer to Portpatrick and be-
yond to the Solway Firth and Cumbria. Although the The 50 Club is being run again in 2012 to help raise
Isle of Man is no longer covered, the new book includes money for the redevelopment of the clubhouse. To date
details of the developing Glasgow Harbour area and the over £1,100 has been paid out as prizes, and the club is
many new marinas that have been established on the nearly £1,000 better off.
Clyde since the last edition was published.
How does it work? You pick an available number be-
With a soft cover, spiral bound, A4 tween 1 and 49, and pay £50 for each number (there is
format, the new book is almost 50 no limit on how many numbers you can have). On the
pages longer than its predecessor. last Saturday of each month (starting in February), using
RRP will be £27.50. Updates and the draw order from the National Lottery, prizes will be
amendments to the new book will awarded as follows;
be posted on the CCC’s website and
also on www.imray.com. NWVYC 1st drawn number - £50, 2nd drawn number £20 and 3rd
members can purchase copies from drawn number £15. Any number drawn not purchased
the Bosun’s Store at the special by a member will be deemed to be a ‘club number’ and
member’s price of £22.75. added to the club reserves. Membership lasts for 12
draws, or until end February 2012 whichever is the ear-
And finally lier. Your chances of winning a monthly prize are 1 in 17.
I’m handing the job of Bosun over to Paul Kelly on 1st There will also be a ‘mega draw’ made at both the start
January. After nearly 7 years as Bosun it’s time for a and end of season party’s with a single prize at each
change. I’m sure Paul will have new ideas for things to party of £150.
purchase and sell. No longer will you have to lurk
round corners, or hide in doorways if you seem me ap- Numbers are available for purchase by telephone, e-mail
proaching, receipt book and briefcase in hand. You are or in person to David Clough (who is continuing to run
just going to have to find another excuse to avoid me! the 50 Club). Payment may be made in full, or by 4 in-
stalments of £12.50 (payable by post dated cheques).
Many thanks to all of you who have helped me directly Note that existing members will have first choice of num-
by acting as receivers/ collectors of goods, those who bers in the new club up until 1st January, after which
bought Charts, Pilots, Almanacs, Polish, Lights, Hose- numbers will be allocated on a first come first served
pipes, Anoraks, Brushes and Grease. Thanks even to basis. A list of available numbers will be displayed in the
those who didn’t buy anything (Paul has my list by the Club House from January.
way) and to all of you for making the job so enjoyable –
the banter, the extortion (and that was just getting In the event that we fail to sell sufficient numbers any
money out of John Lomas for things he had genuinely monies collected will be returned. Full terms and condi-
bought). And thanks too for the support you have tions are available upon written request to the Club
given me and therefore the club. Treasurer or David Clough.
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End of Season Party—Beaumaris Shoreline Skiffle Band ABC’s new boat hoist lifts Hwll Dda
Golden Anniversary - Dinner Dance
Ocean Mood sweep the board
Dinner Dance - the winning team confer
Scratch Social, Dec 3rd
Ocean Mood sweep the board